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Kendrick, from 2 Tim. ii. 10, . Therefore I endure all things for the elects' sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. Rev. Alfred Bennet led in offering up the consecrating prayer. Rev. Daniel Hascall gave Mr. Wade an appropriate charge, and the Rev. Joel W. Clark gave him the right hand of fellowship, that he should go to the heathen.' Rev. John Peck addressed Mrs. Wade, and Rev. Elon Galusha gave her the right hand of fellowship. Rev. Elijah F. Willey offered the concluding prayer. The services were performed in Rev. Mr. Atkin's meeting-house. The day was fine, and the assemblage was very large, and proved, by their fixed and silent attention to the services, how much they felt for the world that lieth in wickedness; and by a collection of 86 dollars 23 cents, taken on the spot, they showed a willingness to share in the pleasure and expense of spreading the Gospel in all the earth.
* Mr. Wade is a young man, and a native of the state of New York. He received his classical and theological education in the Theological Seminary at Hamilton. He appeared before the committee a man of good sense, of ardent piety, and understandingly led by the Spirit of God to the work in which he has now engaged. Mrs. Wade is from a respectable family in Hamilton, Madison county, daughter of Deacon Lapham. Her early piety and active zeal in the cause of her Redeemer has encouraged the hope that she will be eminently useful in the cause of missions, with her husband."
Note by the Editor.- How accordant is the language and spirit of the above to the following passage from the 13th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles ! * On Wednesday, the 11th of June, A. D. 44, the Rey. Saulus Paulus and the Rev. Joses Barnabas were set apart as missionaries to the Gentiles dispersed throughout the world, by a committee of the Board of Managers of the Baptist General Convention, met in the city of Antioch. An interesting sermon was delivered on the occasion by the Rev. Simon Niger, from Isaiah xlii. 4. • The isles shall wait for his law. Rev. Lucius of Cyrene led in offering up the consecrating prayer. Rev. Manaen gave Mr. Paulus and his companion (Mr. Barnabas) an appropriate charge ; and the Rev. John Mark gave them the right hand of fellowship, “ that they should go to the heathen.' The Rev. Lucius of Cyrene offered up the concluding prayer. The services were performed in the Rev. Mr. Simon Niger's meeting-house. The day was fine, and the assemblage was very large, and proved, by their fixed and silent attention to the services, how much they felt for the world that lieth in wickedness; and, by a collection of 86 dollars 25 cents, they showed a willingness to aid the Rev. Mr. Paulus and the Rev: Mr. Barnabas in carrying the Gospel to the heathen,
“ Mr. Paulus is a young man, and a native of the city of Tarsus ; he received his, classical and theological education in the Theological Seminary in Jerusalem. He appeared before the committee a man of good sense, of ardent piety, and understandingly led by the Spirit of God to the work in which he has now engaged.”
It is then plain that the above notification is just in the spirit and style of this passage from the 13th chapter of the Acts. But in the common translation the original loses much of its aptitude and beauty ; for, lo! it reads thus : “ Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers ; as, Barnabas, and Simon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.”
It is much to be desired that the Baptists in this western country will not imitate these precedents of pompous vanity, so consecrated in the east ; and that they will rather cherish the spirit and copy the style of that much-despised little volume called the New Testament. Then we know they will remember that it is spoken by our Lord, “ Be not called Rabbi,” or Reverend. Then they will confess that many things of high reputation in this age are an abomination in the sight of God.
THE BOSTON RECORDER.'
[From the Christian Baptist, Vol. I.] The Editor of the · Boston Recorder,' in a late address to his subscribers, and to the public in general, has made a very generous proposal to the American Education Society, that if, by any means, he can get a thousand names added to his subscription list, (which at present amounts to 3500,) who will pay as well as subscribe, he will give a thousand dollars to the Education Society; and so in proportion for a greater or smaller number above the present 3500, in each succeeding year. As an inducement to their liberality, he gives a nearly correct list of the annual income of all the principal missionary and charitable societies of the day, which is as follows, viz.
English Education Society for propagating the Gospel, annual income, 253,080 dollars.
Society of the United Brethren, 32,000 dollars.
London Missionary Society, 130,708 dollars.
Besides these there are Domestic Missionary and Education Societies in nearly all the United States. *
Thus 1,438,131 dollars, or about one million and a half per annum, is spent in the various schemes of the day. He represents the great need of more learned divines, and of more readers of religious newspapers, such as the · Recorder," from various considerations. Among others, we find the lamentable condition of the New England States and the State of New York adduced, amounting to about 400,000 families, “and of these 100,000 may be supposed to be Christian families” and but few of these, for want of religious intelligence, (for want of his paper and others like it,)“ take any deep interest in these mighty movements which are now making for the conversion of the world.” Yet, with all the “ mighty movements,” he supposes that three hundred thousand families in the above states are not Christianized, i. e. three-fourths of his own people! Religious newspapers, learned divines, and missionaries, are much wanted in New England, on this writer's hypothesis !
He then suggests to his present readers the necessity of regarding as a “sacred duty” which they owe to God and their country, to persuade their neighbours and friends to take his paper; to " Ministers of the Gospel,” the necessity of recommending it from the pulpit ; to “ enterprising females,” the excellence of persuading others ; to “students of colleges," especially the beneficiaries, to spend a part of their vacations ; to “ teachers of schools,” to extend their usefulness ; to parents, and“ persons travelling,” “ having a commission from the pub
The estimate given above of the annual income of these benevolent societies was probably correct enough ten or a dozen years ago, but we are sure that when taken in reference to the state of matters in 1835, it is exceedingly defective. For instance, the income of the London Missionary Society for the year ending April 30, 1835, was upwards of 57,000l. sterling, or 285,000 dollars, which is more than double its income in 1823. And the Church Missionary and Wesleyan Societies have advanced in a still greater ratio. Surely, if the heathen are not converted, it will not be for want of money!
lisher," to do good, by circulating religious newspapers in their respective spheres.
The · Boston Recorder' casts his mite into the treasury of the American Education Society.
To make learned teachers of Christianity is his grand object, next to enlarging his subscription list. • The reasons,” he says, “why the Education Society was formed may be found in the following facts : One hundred and forty-six towns in Maine ; forty-five towns in two counties of New Hampshire ; one hundred and thirty-nine towns in Vermont; fifty-three congregations in Massachusetts ; three hundred and eighty-nine congregations in the Presbyterian church in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio ; forty-six counties containing three hundred and four thousand inhabitants in Virginia ; three hundred and thirty-two churches of different denominations in South Carolina, all Îndiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Michigan, except so far as a few ministers can supply a population of three hundred thousand, scattered over a territory almost three times as large as New England; one thousand churches in the Baptist, and four hundred and fifty-one churches in the Presbyterian connexion, are destitute of educated ministers. Add to these appalling facts the unparalleled increase of our population, and the disproportionate increase of our religious institutions, and to these the deep darkness that covers vast portions of our globe, and truly · the harvest is great, and the labourers are few. Hence, then, the necessity of the American Education Society.”
How very different the course recommended by the Recorder' to enlighten the world, and that recommended by the Saviour and his Apostles! The scheme of a learned priesthood chiefly composed of beneficiaries, has long since proved itself to be a grand device to keep men in ignorance and bondage ; a scheme by means of which the people have been shrewdly taught to put out their own eyes, to fetter their own feet, and to bind the yoke upon their own necks. From this iniquitous scheme a knowledge of the New Testament is the only means that can set the people FREE.
REFORMERS AND ANTI-REFORMERS, LISTEN
TO THE WARNING VOICE!
(From the Millennial Harbinger, Vol. III.] The following letter is worthy of the special attention of all men who either plead for reformation or oppose it. The force and point of the suggestions are irresistible to all who have, or are desirous to have, a good conscience towards God. I have been resolving and re-resolving for some months to devotè some pages to exhortation on the subject of keeping the command
ments in the churches ; but the misrepresentations and cavils, and questions, touching Christian immersion and the conversion of sinners, have hitherto prevented us. Our opponents say, “ What is the reformation for which you contend?" and deign us no opportunity to reply, but proceed to denounce and condemn.
Our Essays on the ancient order of things were begun seven years ago the 7th of last month, under the conviction that nothing permanently valuable, worthy of the name of reformation in the church-nothing permanently and extensively useful in the conversion of the world, can be achieved unless the citizens in the kingdom of Messiah do their duty first as individuals in all personal purity and excellency, and as congregations in all social co-operations in keeping all the ordinances and traditions of the Apostles. The union of present professors, called the union of Christians, is not worth an effort, if united they were to proceed as the Baptists and Christians, and Methodists and Presbyterians, now proceed. If there was no division among them, but all united in the order now prevalent in any one of these sects, I would, were it my last breath, say, Reform,” or “ Come out of her, you people that fear God and wish to stand with Jesus in the new and heavenly Jerusalem.” I fear, in the noise and commotion about. baptism and other first principles, about conversion and regeneration, the commandments and ordinances of the Lord and Saviour will be neglected. I thank the brother who writes the following for calling up this subject again to our consideration.
King William, Va. March, 1832. DEAR BROTHER CAMPBELL, Although I think the subject of baptism has of late occupied an undue portion of attention on the part of those who profess to be reformers, and that it is desirable to let the subject rest now, unless some new ground should be taken; yet I cannot but think it may be of service to publish the following extract from the forty-fourth tract of the Baptist General Tract Society, entitled 'A Scripture Manual, or a Plain Representation of the Ordinance of Baptism, designed for the use of all who would answer a good conscience toward God, and give a reason of their faith and practice with meekness and fear. By Samuel Wilson. Published by the Baptist General Tract Society
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